Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2012-07-26
Am I too skinny?
“Everybody says I’m
too skinny!” At 5 ft 3 inches and
116 pounds, BMI 20.5, Jean was indeed slender.
“People ask if I’m
sick. ‘Do you have cancer?’ they ask.
I think I’ve lost too much weight.
And I think I’m still losing weight.”
As more and more people lose
substantial quantities of weight, this question comes
up with increasing frequency. Does total elimination
of wheat, followed by limiting other carbohydrates,
result in excessive weight loss?
In general, it does not.
It results in weight loss to normal weight.
The problem: We live in a world of fat. We live in a
world in which more people are overweight, obese, or
super-obese than ever before in human history. Adults
are fat, the elderly are fat, college kids are fat,
teenagers are fat, kids are fat. If you live and work
in the U.S., you are likely fat.
Standing next to fat neighbors,
family, and friends, Jean looks abnormally
skinny. In truth, Jean is normal. But she is
normal in an overweight world.
It’s surprising to see
how often this question comes up among us wheatless
folk. Mark my words: Those of you following these
discussions will be hearing this question more often
as the months pass and people lose 30, 50, 70 or more
pounds . . . while the rest of the worlds
careens farther and farther down the path of
astounding degrees of obesity.
If you are among the few who
truly are too slender, consider increasing calories
from fat and protein–more eggs, meats, cheese,
olive oil, avocados; consider strength training,
since approximately a third of lost weight is lost
muscle that can be easily regained; consider adding
back modest quantities of non-wheat carbohydrates
such as wild rice, sweet potatoes, and quinoa
(½ cup is a safe quantity for most
people; more and small LDL particles are
triggered, as are higher blood sugars).